Famous Chicken Pie
The chicken pie supper was originated during the depression in the 1930’s. Uncle Sam Roper, the Presbyterian minister during this time, made it an annual event. The pie recipe was originated by the ladies from the resourcefulness demanded of them during these bleak times to provide nutritious meals with little or no money available to do so. If there was no lard to use for the crust, they let the broth from the cooked chickens cool, causing all the chicken fat to rise to the top and it could be skimmed off. This was used for the shortening and made the crust even more tasty. No vegetables were used in the pie. Canned or fresh vegetables were served separately.
The tradition of the pie supper gave all the families in the church a chance to gather and bring what they had to share in a meal and enjoy the fellowship. Uncle Sam enjoyed these gatherings so much, as well as the chicken pie, that he would ask for a supper more often. These suppers continued until Uncle Sam retired and the congregation had the resources to be able to buy other meat and did not have to rely on the chickens they grew in their back yards.
Our congregation is reviving the chicken pie dinner to honor all those women who so faithfully worked to make their family meals so good and for their devotion to their church during the depression and into World War II. All of those ladies have passed away, but their recipe has survived, and it is available to anyone. We do not use lard or chicken fat today but if you want to use them you can.
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